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Spanish themed food. Food was very good. The paella is good value and arguably feeds three rather than two. Location is lovely, perfect if you want a walk in the Chilterns. Beer was good. Had Side Pocket on from the Tring Brewery just down the road when I was there and one from the Rebellion Brewery in Marlow.
Mr_FRISKY - 24 Apr 2023 10:01
Closed and sold to a property developer!
Locals hoping chiltern district council Refuse change of use to housing
mjbea1 - 19 Oct 2014 22:45
Went out of our way to try this out now it's under new management. Beautiful old English pub set in a lovely village. When we went (April 2013) it seemed like the landlord was in the process of trying to get it back up and running. Few nice local ales on tap. Cash only till (no cards) and no real food (yet). Time will tell if this old pub becomes as good as its former years.
indiekid - 8 Jun 2013 14:26
under new ownership, and hopefully back on its way up. trevor, the new landlord is a top bloke and hopefully wil have the place buzzing again, after the last couple of tennants alomst killed the place.

the pub itself is just gorgeous. low ceilings, beams, huge fire place and nicely situated amongst lots of walks in the chilterns. decent outdoor area to enjoy the country views a sunny day too.

looking forward to visiting again soon

CHELSEA_on_tour - 25 Mar 2013 08:39
Popped in the other day on my way home from work (it had been one of those days) - really nice proper old English pub with a nice warm cosy feel. Met by the landlord who took one look at me and knew I was in need of a bit of de stress and he knew when to talk to me and when to leave me be. Not that I drink ale or beer for that matter but there were several ales I didn't know with some unusual names but in general there was plenty of choice. Had my drink, read a couple of papers which were there on a table to pick from and went on my merry way but will definitely pop in again as I was made to feel really welcome and had a very pleasant relaxing hour of me time.
Ditzyblonde - 27 Jul 2011 09:09
After some months of appalling mismanagement, the White Lion is now closed for the first time in my memory. For how long, no one knows.
Timbly11 - 13 Jul 2011 21:59
Our lunchtime stop today, on a circular walk from Wendover. It had been a fairly muddy tramp - nothing too demanding, and we weren't the first in. Tring Brewery Side Pocket was just the right side for refreshing. Two of the others tried Wytchwood's Hobgoblin preferring the warming malty flavor. A tad disappointing was the food - scampi and chips for two of us, vegetable soup for me (I'm afraid it wasn't homemade, more Heinz catering can), and for some reason a baked potato and filling, and a sandwich, took another 20 - 30 minutes to follow on. It was warm and friendly though the grate was cold, and Molly was rather insistent on playing ball. Once started she wouldn't take no for an answer.

A cheerful and helpful serving from behind the bar, and the young helper made for excellent service. Definitely coming back!
zorrodp - 12 Feb 2011 23:51
Revisted on our way back from the KOP Hill Climb on Sunday 26th Sept (pouring rain, open cars!) to receive a warm welcome, excellent beers and great service. (The log fire was also extremely welcome!)
MartynG - 5 Oct 2010 13:05
This is the place to be on a Friday!
Scridian - 6 Sep 2010 22:09
Brilliant evening last night, buzzing atmosphere well done Amy!!
gobby_gasser - 4 Sep 2010 11:35
Back visiting this weekend, definately got the food right - good traditional homemade pub grub!
Good value as well as Tring Sidepocket
gobby_gasser - 23 Aug 2010 16:48
Lovley lovley lovley pub!!! Landlady lovley as ever! Lovley atmosphere!!! New chef, so food now rocking! We had the Pie of the day, beef & potatoe FABULOUS!!!!!!
The barman that i have never seen before should not be in this Lovley pub! Dont no who he is but not suitable for this fun loving establishment!
Landlady sort it out.......!!!
Will be back again!
biteme123 - 21 Aug 2010 15:15
Proper country pub - Tring Ridgeway and Hobgobblin. A must!!!!
gobby_gasser - 22 Jul 2010 16:48
Good to see the landlady back - good fun pub with good beer and a great atmosphere
Scridian - 22 Jul 2010 15:04
We came across this pub at the weekend and had a fab lunch. The freshly cooked food was worth the wait, while enjoying the freindly atmosphere. Servise good, all the staff/landlady were welcoming definately one to re-visit!
biteme123 - 23 May 2010 14:24
waht can i say-grat ale,great service,log fire and decent food.Whay oh Why cant all places use this simple formula to attract a decent clientele! what a find,will be back when next visiting the area.Congratulations to the place!
beer_monster_mad74 - 7 May 2010 11:42
Gave it a go under its new ownership etc.
I have to say beer in very good condition - Tring - Side Pocket and Hobgoblin.
Atmosphere buzzing and friendly
Food looked good.
Bar area a tight squeeze, but no great problem there.
Log fire blazing
Certainly one to go back to
pick_e_tippler - 4 Feb 2010 17:24
Now has Tring's "Side Pocket For A Toad", good start for new landlord.
Scridian - 30 Dec 2009 12:03
The White Lion is about to change hands once again. Let's see what the new lot can do? Fresh reviews please.
Timbly1 - 28 Nov 2009 18:23
It was fairly quiet in here on our visit late last night. Only the Zimbabwean landlord and 3 regulars were in. Three real ales were on offer - Greene King IPA, Hobgoblin and Brakspear Oxford Gold. The pub has a fairly traditional interior and you get the feeling that other than the owners, the pub has changed very little over the past 20-30 years. I'm sure that the locals of 20-30 years ago would have engaged in similar keen conversations about subjects such as tobacco - the content of the conversation was fascinating. But 45 minutes discussing nothing but tobacco takes some doing! Would come back here again.
blue_scrumpy - 12 Aug 2009 20:54
Made a quick recce this afternoon. Pub was rather quiet after lunch but atmosphere was comfortable and beer quality top class. (Quite an acheivement for GK IPA - a beer I usually don't rate).
wormwood - 12 Jul 2009 22:41
Called in on a suday afternoon a couple of weeks ago. Nice to see an old friend (from another life - bit of a surprise really!) working behind the bar.

Just had a quick pint (GK IPA) which was excellent. Still friendly and welcoming. Definately remains "on the list"
MartynG - 9 Apr 2009 13:24
Hmmm..... Another country pub gone downhill recently.. I come from Kent & very ocasionally come to the Chilterns to 'ramble' or whatever, even stay with local family.. Anyway, have been here in the last few weeks & it was hideous!! they even had run out of lager!! Don't quite know what is happening here, but please, sort it out before you have no customers at all! & local pubs NEED customers especially in this day & age!! Shame the last lady (again apparently) has gone elsewhere....
madpussy - 31 Dec 2008 22:02
I think this is very pleasant and the food has that home prepared flavour. A country farmhouse style of cooking.
I have not seen the hand pulled stout on draught before, not for a session I think more with a meal.

Very good all around.

gobion_osei - 9 Dec 2008 16:03
We visited this pub for the first time for nearly a year recently (for no bad reason) and were very saddened to hear that Gary the previous landlord had past on. However, the pub is truly what a country pub should be, good beer, good company, warming and first class food and service.Good choice of beers and as a bonus NOT too pricey. Well done! This is a proper pub and we will be recommending it to friends and fellow drinkers in Wendover area.
Myskolive - 5 Nov 2008 16:15
Cracking pub off the beaten track in the Chilterns. Everything you expect from a country pub. Friendly welcome on miserable Sunday evening and delicious Hobgoblin. Well worth seeking out.
nickdavies - 3 Nov 2008 15:04
A real log fire, immaculately kept everchanging real ales, good quality English food, friendly 'salt of the earth' characters [real country folk; not yuppies in green wellies}, supurb rural location with garden views. The 14Century building oozes character as does Michelle the landlady. Go and visit - you will not be disappointed. Sadly, you are too late to meet Gary, the most Pythonesque landlord of all time - regretably missing in action. However, you can visit the Lifeboat Station that he set up to save the souls of those shipwrecked on the high seas of Herfordshire. At high tide, and with the right kind of eyes, you can see him dressed as Wee Willy Winky rowing out to infinity on his final mission.

pedantnic - 19 Oct 2008 01:26
Dropped in for Sunday lunch. An excellent village local, adapted for modern conditions without losing the traditional atmosphere. Good beer, and a good meal. Only minus point: the coffee was stewed and barely drinkable.
cato - 7 Sep 2008 14:29
I have made a couple of visits to this pub recently, the first mid-week with a friend to check it out as a possible venue for a classic car meeting (yes - there wer even a group of pre-war rileys in the car park when we arrived) and the second on Saturday with my family for lunch.

On both occasions the welome we received was warm and friendly.

The beer is of excellent quality and the food verry good value and the portions (at least in my case) substantial.

Well worth getting out into the countryside for.
MartynG - 11 Apr 2008 13:22
A small group of us (including two spaniels) went here after walking from Ivinghoe yesterday (Sunday). We found the place to be clean and friendly with a well-kept, pretty garden. We couldn't work out whether it was a free house or not, but the beers on offer were Bateman's and Greene King. We avoided the Greene King (we get enough of that at home), but the Bateman's was well-kept and the white wine spritzer was made with decent wine.

I'd phoned ahead to check on food times, and it's still 12-2.30pm on a Sunday. Having realised we were going to get there some time after 3 I'd packed a small picnic and having checked with the bar staff (possibly the tenants/owners, we weren't sure) they were happy for us to eat that while we drank their beer.

As I said, friendly, polite, well-kept garden and beer - worth a visit if you're in the area, and we'll certainly go back next time we're there.
cosmogenist - 30 Apr 2007 11:26
Consistently good food and service..Been 4 times at various times of day & week, all good. Although a distance for us it has now become our local and worth the effort.. Its a happy pub for people who like good beer & food without the gimmicks & music. Although new to the area we were welcomed immediately with no reservations. Cracking barman when he's happy!!
Pedros143 - 25 Aug 2006 17:10
Excellent beer quality & good choice. You can take your dog in too. Well worth a visit. I found the service fine
mally - 26 Mar 2005 00:40
The White Lion is actually one of the best pubs in South Bucks and The service is brilliant I for one repeatedly go there and have never been disapointed.
G Russell - 25 Oct 2004 19:21
Awful. Serves food on Sundays until 2.30pm unless you arrive at 2.05pm and then are told 15mins later that they won't serve any because they are too busy. A pity as beer was good, but attitude poor. This is not the first time we (3 adults, 2 children) who all walked there felt unwelcome. Avoid. Go to the Full Moon at Hawridge instead.
j paterson - 17 Nov 2003 10:24

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